Pakistan opens fire at BSF posts, hamlets in Poonch

Thirteen people, including seven civilians, have been killed and over 70 others injured in intense shelling by Pakistan along the International Border in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts, and the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts from January 18 to 22.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2018 22:49 IST
Press Trust of India, Jammu
Jammu,BSF,Pakistan
The Pakistani troops opened ‘unprovoked and indiscriminate’ fire in the afternoon after a few days of lull, prompting Indian forces to retaliate.(Representational Photo)

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and opened indiscriminate fire at forward Indian posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati and Mankote sectors in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Saturday, a police official said.

The Pakistani troops opened “unprovoked and indiscriminate” fire in the afternoon after a few days of lull, prompting Indian forces to retaliate, the official said.

He said there was no casualty or injury to anyone in the firing incidents.

The firing in Krishna Ghati sector took place around 4.55pm and in Mankote sector around 5.35pm. The firing ended around 6.20pm at both places, the official said.

Thirteen people, including seven civilians, have been killed and over 70 others injured in intense shelling by Pakistan along the International Border (IB) in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts, and the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts from January 18 to 22, leading to the displacement of thousands of border residents.

Officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers held a flag meeting along the IB in Suchetgarh in Jammu on Friday during which India registered its strong protest on the recent spate of firing from Pakistan, asserting that such “provocative” acts would “not be tolerated”.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B B Vyas and director general of police SP Vaid visited RS Pura, Joura Chakrohi and Sai Khurd along the IB in Jammu on Saturday and met families of the people who were killed in firing from across the border.

They also interacted with border migrants in camps and took stock of relief measures in a meeting with local officials.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 22:48 IST